The Cardinal Reviews

October 7, 2019
Otto Preminger has successfully put on film a long, absorbing drama about a young Boston Irishman who becomes an ecclesiastical prince of the Roman Catholic Church.
August 12, 2019
Tarzan of the Apes takes us about as far into African anthropology as The Cardinal does into the inner workings of the Roman Catholic Church. A pity, since the theme might have made an interesting film.
July 9, 2019
The cast, as a whole, is well chosen, to the point that the actors manage to overcome the holes in a story that too many times pretends to be sublime and ends up being ridiculous. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 8, 2008
It's nothing more than a kitsch take on the good and bad of the Catholic Church, but it has the chutzpah to pose as a work of art.
October 23, 2007
With an hour cut out of it, this might have been a landmark picture.
October 23, 2007
This is an extremely well constructed film, made with a balance that keeps its overflowing plot line in perfect control.
June 24, 2006
Risible script based on a doorstop novel by Henry Morton Robinson, but handled by Preminger with tremendous panache; worth seeing just for the incredible skill and flair with which he stages the action and moves the camera.
June 15, 2005
Thematically, Preminger's drama about internal church politics is most intriguing; too bad that the lead, Tom Tryon, is miscast.
June 8, 2005
Implausible epic telling of Tom Tryon as courageous priest has great Moross score.
May 9, 2005
he end is a great letdown from what Mr. Preminger might have accomplished with the 1950 novel of Henry Morton Robinson. There is no strong flow of spirit through it. Even the melodrama is perfunctory and weak.
April 15, 2004
July 15, 2003
I lasted a little over halfway through before figuring that it wasn't going to get any better...
May 24, 2003
A compulsively watchable if distorted history lesson